Sometimes exploring a trade is a good option and can be the better option for people as well. In most cases, you spend less time in school and the focus is on the exact trade you're working on versus extra classes that won't relate to your chosen field at all. Also think about whether your ultimate goal is to own your own business or just work for a major company.
If you are passionate about animals, you can look for a job as a receptionist at a Vet to see how the day-to-day would be, ask Vets about the steps for schooling, what they like about the profession, and so on.
Another step would be to try out community college. Community college offers many different classes from your regular English, Math, and Science, but also very niche and fun classes (Fables and Tales, Oceanography). This path is also a great transition to a four-year college if that's the path you would like to take.
You have lots of options (military, employment, trade/vocational school, college/university education).
If you have an idea of what to go into then start looking into cost and payment options. Is there a way to get trained for free? Can you qualify for scholarships or grants? What would fit your situation the best?
Remember you don’t have to have it all figured out completely right now - but you should be learning about options and gathering info so you can make an educated decision. And remember if you gain knowledge later you can always pivot as needed. But definitely make SOME sort of plan because failing to plan is a plan to fail.
Use your resources (parents/professionals/school staff/this website…)
Best of luck
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